Tropical Storm Ketsana Weakens as Typhoon Parma Approaches Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 1 (UPI) — The Philippines Thursday was threatened by another storm even as people there and in Vietnam and Cambodia suffered the havoc left behind by Ketsana.

As rescue and relief teams in the Philippines coped with rising death toll in tropical storm Ketsana’s wake and the task of providing relief to more than a half-million people flooded out of their homes, weather forecasters turned their attention to Typhoon Parma approaching the country.

Parma, with maximum wind speeds of about 90 mph, was gaining strength about 400 miles off the eastern coast of the Philippines, the BBC reported. It was expected to make landfall Saturday in northeastern Philippines.

Ketsana, which had strengthened into a typhoon before landing in Vietnam and Cambodia after leaving the Philippines, headed Thursday toward Laos as a downgraded tropical depression, CNN reported.

Ketsana’s devastation in the three countries was extensive, with the Philippines taking the brunt.

Flooding and torrential rains from the storm killed at least 246 people mostly in the Manila area, and left 38 more missing, the BBC reported, quoting National Disaster Coordinating Council said.

The death toll from Typhoon Ketsana in Vietnam has risen to at least 85, the BBC reported, quoting a relief official. Most of the deaths were in the central region. Several others were reported missing. Severe flooding and landslides continued in many places.

The storm also killed at least nine people in neighboring Cambodia, mostly in the Kampong Thon region.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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